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a. frederick butaccio, from katie texas was an employee of the oil company b.p. we don't know how he died but u.s. got sources tell us his body has been recovered. a top official says tonight that at least six americans have survived but others have still being held. u.s. military transport planes landed near the scene and evacuated survivors. some of them described as lightly wounded. all of this is playing out at a natural gas plant in the sahara desert. it began three days ago when terrorists who claim a link to al qaeda attacked buses carrying employees and then took over the residential section of the complex. algerian forces then attacked the terrorists. there have been many casualties, but the facts remain unclear. mark phillips has the latest. >> reporter: these were some of the lucky ones: freed hostages
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who managed to get away from the desert gas plant where they'd been held. they told of how they fled in the confusion as the algerian army attacked. many were injured, some badly. >> it happened so fast. >> reporter: but it hasn't ended quickly. the algerians say they've freed nearly 100 foreigners and as they were being bussed away, many thanked their rescuers. >> kept us nice and safe and fought off the bad guys. >> reporter: but the bad guys-- the al qaeda linked mass battalion led from afar by mokhtar belmokhtar-- may still be holding 30 foreigners still unaccounted for. more detail has emerge with the free hostages. some say they had explosives hung around their necks as they were placed in a convoy of vehicles by their captors. when the cars began to move, the algerian army unit surrounding the site feared the captives were being taken out of the compound and opened fire. britain's prime minister david
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cameron said the algerians told him the incident didn't end there. >> this is a large and complex site and they are still pursuing terrorists and possibly some of the hostages in other areas of the site. >> reporter: well secretary of defense leon panetta was in london meeting cameron, a u.s. plane was evacuating wounded hostages, including at least one american, to a military hospital in germany. >> terrorists should be on notice that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa not anywhere. >> reporter: and the kidnappers are now reportedly offering a prisoner swap. they say they'll release two americans they say they're still holding if the u.s. releases two prisoners it's holding in u.s. prisons on terror convictions. and, of course, scott, they're
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still threatening further attacks. >> pelley: mark, thanks very much. the leader of that terror group that mark just told us about mokhtar belmokhtar has an entourage that calls him the prince but that's just one of his aliases and we asked david martin to find out more about him. >> mokhtar belmokhtar, a.k.a. one eye, because he lost an eye fighting in afghanistan. a.k.a. the marlborough man because he made a living smuggling cigarettes. no westerner knows him better than former canadian diplomat robert fouler who was his hostage in 2008. >> he would stand sentry duty, he would work in the kitchen but there was absolutely no doubt who was the boss. he wasn't a flashy guy in any way. he was rather soft spoken but as soon as he began speaking everybody would listen. >> reporter: belmokhtar has been known to intelligence agencies as the north african affiliate
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of al qaeda called al qaeda in the islamic maghreb. >> they would tell me repeatedly we fight to die while you fight to go home to your wives and kids, how can we possibly lose. they believe their fight was god's fight and because it was god's fight it would be won. >> reporter: they began under a different name and in 1994 hijacked an airliner which was stormed by french commandos heading off a plan to blow it up over the eiffel tower. they later took the name al qaeda in the islamic maghreb in an effort to attract more recruits. belmokhtar even named one of his sons after osama bin laden. >> he's very tough, seems physically demanding, he demands a lot of his people and therefore, yes i'd say he's a tough enemy. >> reporter: whatever name he operates under, belmokhtar has suddenly emerged from the north african desert as america's newest enemy. >> pelley: david, thank you. after a decade of lies lance
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armstrong admitted he used banned performance-enhancing drugs through all seven of his wins at the tour de france. the disgraced cyclist didn't tell all but he told a lot in an interview with oprah winfrey aired last night. we asked jim axelrod to look at where this leaves armstrong now. >> i view this situation as one big lie that i repeated a lot of times. as you said it wasn't as if i just said no and i moved off it. >> reporter: now that armstrong is no longer repeating the lie he may face a number of lawsuits that could decimate his estimated net worth of more than $100 million. the largest involves his long- time sponsor, the u.s. postal service. armstrong's postal service contract specifically banned doping. a lawsuit already has been filed by former teammate floyd landis that alleges armstrong defrauded the postal service and the federal government. the postal service paid armstrong more than $30 million.
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under the law, if fraud against the government is proven, the penalty could be triple, more than $90 million. one interested viewer of the interview last night was david walsh, chief sports writer of the "london sunday times." his newspaper settled a libel lawsuit with armstrong back in 2006 and paid the cyclist nearly half a million dollars. walsh wants that money back. >> the sunday times was the only newspaper that i know that was consistently questioning lance armstrong, that had a position the position was we didn't believe the guy. >> reporter: armstrong's legal opponents will no doubt be tuning into part two of the interview tonight for more insight into the man who, for 13 years, was living a lie. >> was it a big deal to you? did it feel wrong? >> at the time? >> uh-huh. >> no. >> it didn't not even feel wrong? >> no. scary. >> did you feel bad about it?
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>> no. even scarier. >> reporter: both the department of justice and the u.s. postal service declined to comment on the legal cases, as did floyd landis, the former teammate of armstrong's who filed the whistle-blower suit. >> pelley: jim, thanks very much. the battle over raising the government's borrowing limit so that it can pay its bills took a sharp turn today. house republicans had been demanding big spending cuts as part of any deal with the white house, but tonight nancy cordes tells us they've changed course. nancy? >> reporter: scott, it was something of a surprise. house republicans announcing today that they will hold a vote next week to raise the debt ceiling for three months until april 15. but there's a catch: they say within that time the senate and the house must pass budgets outlining their spending priorities for the year. now, that may not sound very difficult, but as republicans like to point out, senate
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democrats haven't passed a budget since 2009 and republicans say if they don't do so by april 15 then all members of congress should stop getting paid. >> pelley: but, nancy, why would the republicans abandon their demand for dollar-for-dollar spending cuts in exchange for raising the limit? >> well, in part they were worried about getting the blame if there was a default. this way they shift the burden to senate democrats to come up with a budget and they can still call for more spending cuts in three months when this comes up again. in the meantime, everyone gets a bit of breathing room which is why the white house may not have shot down the plan today-- even though they, of course, prefer a long-term extension of the debt ceiling, not just three months. >> pelley: nancy, thanks. president obama is about to begin his second term and security for the inaugural ceremonies on monday will, of course, be extremely tight. uniform police will be everywhere, but we asked john miller to tell us about the security operations that you won't see.
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>> i, barack hussein obama do solemnly swear -- >> reporter: during president obama's first inauguration there was a threat taken so seriously that counterterrorism agents seemed to be everywhere in the crowd of two million. in east africa, people were taken into custody and given lie detector tests by the f.b.i. in tend, the tip turned out to be wrong but it gave a young administration on its very first day a picture of what can go on behind the scenes of a major event. for this inauguration, some of the security is meant to be obvious: the coast guard will shut down the potomac river, but some of the security is meant to be nearly invisible. at union station who two men who could have been waiting for a train were actually d.h.s. behavioral detection officers who blend in with the crowd. trained to look for suspicious behavior among passengers they were in communication with teams of armed t.s.a. officers. >> that's lead number 121-02. >> reporter: at the f.b.i.'s washington field office, a
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command center is gearing up to coordinate the response to any threat that may emerge. kimberly howe is in charge of a team of intelligence analysts that looks at each one. >> there are always threats coming in. the inauguration is no different. it's our job to asses those threats, evaluate them. >> reporter: at f.b.i. headquarters as they followed unfolding events in algeria at the strategic information and operations center, deputy assistant director jenny ley talked about the daunting challenge they face before an event like an inauguration. >> you can't just cancel it. you can't just call it you have. you have to be working diligently and aggressively behind the scenes to make sure that that threat does not occur. >> reporter: what are the threats to this inauguration? >> at the time we actually have no credible threats to this inauguration. but that does not mean that we are not behind the scenes still constantly evaluating, constantly looking at everything that's coming in. >> pelley: and john miller is joining us now in our washington
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bureau. john, you mentioned a threat against the president's inauguration back in 2009. what was that all about? >> well, scott, i was working in the f.b.i. at the time and that was information from a source who said there was a plot to attack the inauguration by an al qaeda affiliate in somalia. and that meant running down leads in kenya, uganda, somalia, and at the same time looking for suspects here on the ground in the united states. it meant working 24/7 for about three days. and the threat was resolved right around the time he was raising his right hand to take the oath. so it came down to the wire. >> pelley: the things we never know. john, thanks very much. cbs news coverage of inauguration day will begin monday at 7:00 a.m. eastern time with a special three-hour edition of cbs "this morning" with charlie rose, norah o'donnell and gayle king and then i'll be along at 10:00 eastern time to continue coverage be bob schieffer and the rest of our inauguration team. we're about to give you a look at how four years in office has changed the president. and is it the end of life as
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in virginia, state police got 700 calls reporting crashes. but up north it's too warm. a rise in ocean temperatures is killing off the livelihood of the iconic new england fisherman. two years ago they hauled in 14 million pounds of shrimp, but this year they will catch only a tenth of that. so we sent seth doane out to sea. >> reporter: off the rocky coastline of five islands, maine, ronald pinkham has been up before dawn setting traps for nearly 60 years. how's the catch today? >> terrible. >> reporter: a third-generation fisherman, he's caught lobster in spring, summer and fall and shrimp each winter when lobsters move offshore. but that annual rhythm is changing. how long is shrimp season? >> (laughs) that's a good question. >> reporter: pinkham and his stern man derek colby worry the shrimp season-- which used to
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last months-- could now be just a day. what does it mean to the local economy? >> oh, a lot. this guy, he won't have a job. >> normally we're done november lobstering and that's gonna last until -- the money i made will last until april when we start lobstering again. >> reporter: the cold water shrimp population has dropped by 20 million pounds since 2009. researcher don perkins studies these waters and says they don't know if it's due to climate change, a natural cycle, or both. >> this past year is one of the warmest years we've had here. the bottom temperature here in the gulf of maine where shrimp are caught have been three degrees to five degrees fahrenheit above normal. and that's a huge increase in temperature in the marine environment. >> reporter: how could you characterize the shrimp stocks off the coast of maine today? >> in critical condition. >> reporter: critical? >> critical condition. >> reporter: patrick kelleher is the commissioner of the maine department of marine resources. it's his job to protect the fishery.
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so he and a committee took the step of limiting the shrimp catch to less than one and a half million pounds-- down 72% from last year. >> it takes a while for this population to catch back up. it's not a rosy picture at all. it's very difficult. very difficult for the managers, but it's a hell of a lot more difficult for the fishermen. >> reporter: the 300 shrimp traps that cost ronald pinkham $85 apiece may never make it out of his backyard this year. so if you're not out shrimping that's a couple people without work. >> three or four people without work. so it kind of snowballs down the line. with the restrictions on shrimping it may be that the only thing pinkham and colby catch this winter is a beautiful sunrise. seth doane, cbs news, five islands, maine. >> pelley: we heard today that ray nagin, the former mayor of new orleans, was indicted on federal corruption charges.
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america came to know nagin after hurricane katrina when he blamed the federal government for abandoning his city. well, today, prosecutors accused nagin of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from business owners who received lucrative contracts tohwt do work for the city. nagin had no comment today. the famed bolshoi ballet is reeling tonight after one of its own was attacked with acid. we'll have that when we come back. back. the soreness was excruciating. it was impossible to even think about dancing. when you're dancing your partner is holding you. so, his hand would have been right in the spot that i had the shingles. no tango. no rhumba. you can't be touched. for more of the inside story visit shinglesinfo.com she keeps you guessing. it's part of what you love about her.
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>> pelley: the c.d.c. said today that nine more children have died from the flu. the epidemic has killed 29 so far, compared to 34 last season. here's how the flu has spread since november. week after week after week. 48 states are reporting that the flu is widespread, but the number of cases is starting to fall. the white house put out a new official photo of the president today which got us wondering how he's changed. this is his official photo from 2009 when he was 47 and then the grays came. mr. obama's job approval rating in a new cbs news/"new york times" poll says 51% of americans have a favorable opinion and that is the same percentage as the first lady. in russia, the bolshoi ball shea is a national treasure so it was big news when somebody threw acid in the face of its artistic
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director last night in moscow. this is sergei filin before. here he is today, his face covered in bandages. he could lose his eyesight. filin choose it is dancers and police say it's possible the attacker was angry over his selections. generation y meets the greatest generation "on the road" the is next. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face we understand.
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watch the team leave for atlanta. the player who almost missed the the 49ers frenzy builds. we're there as faithful fans >> reporter: workplace friendships are generally generational. the young blond at the front . workplace friendships are generally generational. but in new jersey, jack morris and allison ayers are inseparable. >> why is a 22-year-old girl sitting around with a 90-year- old at work? >> why is it? >> i enjoy it. tell me a story -- >> reporter: basically, she loves history, and he is. couple years ago, allison
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started asking him questions about his military service. jack was in the army during world war ii. he put the fuses in bombs. that was his job. >> i decided i should write these down. this is important. >> reporter: so it went, for months. jack spilling his stories, allison soaking them up in a notebook, until one day when jack came to work with a brand- new heroing account. >> they went in through here. >> reporter: while he was sleeping, someone broke into his house-- >> started stealing whatever they felt like they wanted to take. >> reporter: biggest thing he lost, his war medals. >> why would they want to take that? >> reporter: he had almost a dozen, which he still wore on occasion. >> i cherished them. those are memories. >> he said to me, i really miss my medals. that day i decided i was going to get them back. so i started doing some research. >> reporter: using photos she found in military magazines, allison conducted her own little covert operation. >> i said, jack, point out to me, what was the medal that you had? i was trying not to make it, like, obvious. >> reporter: a few weeks later,
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they were all replaced. >> is that all of them? >> yeah, got all of those! >> thanking her a thousand times wouldn't be enough. >> reporter: in america, we're now losing about 600 world war ii vets every day and far too many of those remaining don't have an allison to take in their tales and award them the immortality they deserve. >> he's someone that i will never forget. i will tell my kids his stories. i'll tell anybody his stories that want to listen! because they are important. >> there we were -- >> reporter: grab your notebooks. steve hartman, on the road in matawan, new jersey. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news, all around the world, good night. good evening. i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm alan martin. right now, the san francisco 49ers are on their way to atlanta for sunday's nfc championship game against the falcons. they boarded a delta air lines
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charter jet late this afternoon in san jose after one last workout at their facility. one player almost missed the bus, literally. >> reporter: that's right. this is a big game, a big stadium going up behind me in santa clara and almost a big mistake by the team, apparently not noticing that their star receiver was not on the bus. funny thing happened on the way to atlanta. a caravan of niners team buses were lining up, leaving for the airport. a few fans were on hand to give the team a send-off. then the caravan put on the brakes to take on one late- arriving passenger. it was star receiver michael crabtree, might need him on sunday, but the team almost left without him. >> feels like our team is determined, focused, ready to get on a plane and be ready to play a football game. >> reporter: it was a small
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hitch in an otherwise carefully planned day of final preparations for sunday's nfc championship game. eminem blared on the loud speakers as players loosened up. colin kaepernick says he's trying to avoid the hype. >> i don't have time to stop and think right now. too much work to be done. >> what do you think, baby! >> atlanta, here we come! >> reporter: outside the team's training facility, fans are hoping for a return to super bowl glory. >> number one! >> reporter: this year, they won't be satisfied until they are the last team standing. >> vote forked adynasty last year. last year, we started it. this year we're going to finish it and keep it going on. >> in harbaugh, we trust, baby. in harbaugh, we trust. >> reporter: good luck to the niners. we wish them well. alan, one final note on the crabtree incident today. he had to get on the lead bus, which was leaving the facility. there were about five buses overall, but he got on the lead bus, the same bus with jed york, owner, all the top executives. he a lit

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